Alekhine Defence

The Alekhine Defence is a provocative opening. Instead of doing the same as White and establishing a pawn in the centre, Black invites his opponent to chase his knight around the board and set up a broad pawn centre as he wins tempi. This is seen at its clearest in the principled Four Pawns Variation, in which 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 is played. White can point to three central pawns, Black on the other hand has moved his king’s knight from g8 to the apparently unpromising b6.

This opening was not taken seriously until the future world champion Alexander Alekhine (1892–1946) began to play it from 1921 on. It was developed at a time when the old dogmas were being questioned and people were looking for something new. The basic idea, to provoke the creation of a pawn centre which will later be the target of attacks, was very influential and that influence can be seen on many other modern openings.

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The Alekhine revitalised
The Alekhine revitalised
In this video course Christian Bauer explains the ins & outs of this surprise weapon so that you can add it into your repertoire.
by Christian Bauer
Meeting the Alekhine - The classical way
Meeting the Alekhine - The classical way
The Alekhine Defence belongs to those openings which face White with their very special challenges. GM Bojkov shows you new ideas in the variation with 4.Nf3, enabling you to systematically build up a good attacking position free of risk.
by Dejan Bojkov
1.e4 - How to tame the Alekhine, Scandinavian and Pirc
1.e4 - How to tame the Alekhine, Scandinavian and Pirc
On this DVD, Victor Bologan shows how to successfully combat the Pirc, Alekhine and Scandinavian Defences with a complete opening repertoire. As ever, Bologan recommends the main lines.
by Victor Bologan
The ABC of Alekhine - 2nd Edition